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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Hawaii

How Hawaii is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Hawaii

Even before afterschool was a hot policy issue at the national level, Hawaii was providing state support for afterschool. As a result, Hawaii currently has strong participation numbers, but unfortunately they are on the decline. This is not surprising given state budget cuts that have affected nearly all aspects of life for Hawaii residents. Afterschool funding has faced serious cuts and it shows in the decreased rates of participation and increased demand. While Hawaii still leads the nation in afterschool participation, there has been no recent progress and the state budget situation makes it unlikely that new funding will be available to help Hawaii retain its leadership on afterschool.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Hawaii check out Hawaii After 3PM.




Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 5,654 students in Hawaii. However, that is only a small fraction of the 65,943 kids in Hawaii who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in Hawaii check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Hawaii webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"Work remains to be done toward placing new, qualified teachers in our schools, repairing and replacing crumbling facilities, and providing affordable, quality child care and afterschool opportunities."

- Daniel Akaka, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Hawaii check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • Michael Broderick, President & CEO of YMCA of Honolulu
  • Cheryl Lupenui, Founder and Principal at The Leader Project
  • State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Sen. Daniel K. Akaka

Consumer Guide: Hawaii

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 12 programs in Hawaii participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 20 people in Hawaii have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.